Iago's Soliloquies in William Shakespeare's Play Othello

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Iago's Soliloquies in William Shakespeare's Play Othello

"Othello" is a tragedy which was written in 1622 by William

Shakespeare, the title "Othello" is eponymous which means that a

character gives its name to the title. Othello is not the main

character, where as in "Macbeth" Macbeth was the main character. Right

from the beginning Shakespeare is trying to hide the importance of

Iago. Iago may be in the first scene but it starts off half way

through a conversation making the reader think Iago is just a minor

under Othello and therefore not as significant.

Conventionally soliloquies are used to portray what the character is

thinking in his mind but Iago uses soliloquies in a different manner,

he plays with the audience, manipulating their expectations, so they

never uncover the true character of Iago. All three soliloquies have

one thing in common; Iago speaks in poetry of ten syllables a line,

"That Cassio loves her, I do well believe it;"

Iago impresses the audience during his soliloquies by using poetry,

which is ironic because naturally he would speak in prose, poetry is a

structured format of writing, which requires planning, and therefore

Iago's soliloquies have a pre-planned nature. This suggests that Iago

doesn't speak from his true feelings but plans what he says for his


The first line of the first soliloquy.

"Thus do I ever make my fool my purse:

For I mine own gain'd knowledge should profane."

The word "thus" makes the sentence sound like a conclusion and the

colon at the end suggests that he will explain the statement. By

repeating the word "my" a possive pronoun and with the sentence


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...d said enmesh them all, then the point

would have stood out and had the desired shocking effect because the

use of "them" rather than the abbreviated form " 'em" puts more

emphasis on the verb, which tells the audience what is happening but

instead the final line just passes the audience by. With Iago been

rushed so much that he can't have a dramatic ending by the incoming of

Rodrigo. Iago is losing his timing and everything is getting out of


In the end trying to destroy Othello and boast and brag to the

audience for his own glorification was too much. Iago couldn't

concentrate on what needed to be done to destroy Othello because he

was too interested on what people thought of him; because that is what

mattered to Iago. Iago didn't set out to destroy Othello for greed,

wealth or position but for respect.